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Melissa Marie Photography

Palatine , IL
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Palatine, IL 60067 US (map)

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708-297-4772
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ABOUT US

Everything about a wedding is personal: from the details you most likely spent forever picking out, to the very reason you can't imagine your life without the person who will be on the... Read more
Everything about a wedding is personal: from the details you most likely spent forever picking out, to the very reason you can't imagine your life without the person who will be on the other side of the aisle. We aren't just your photographer; we're you're memory time-capsule. We're your greatest advocate when things start to get crazy. We're the ones who have mastered our craft so you can sit back, eat your cake, (please eat it, it's God's gift to the edible world) and soak in the amazing feeling that every single person gathered is there to support and celebrate with you. I remember the moment that sunk in for me at my own wedding. I have a photo of it as well: me clutching my speech trying to get out the words of how grateful I was for everyone who was with us that day.

So whether you're wanting your photos to be that of magazines, or super candid and raw we've got you.

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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism, Portraiture
What photography services do you offer?
2nd Shooter, Add'l Hours, Custom Graphics, Engagement Shoot, High-Res, Liability Insurance, Multi. Locations, One Event/Day, Trash The Dress
What photography items do you offer?
Albums, Canvas, Digital Files, Flush Mount, Matted Prints, Prints, Save the Date, Thank You Cards

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Tric
Wedding:
8/27/2016
5.0/5.0
Absolutely LOVE Melissa!!! She was very professional and made everything run smoothly. She took our engagement pictures as well as our Wedding day pictures. She has great ideas and also includes your ideas too. One of the biggest things I loved about her is how comfortable she makes you feel while taking pictures. My husband can't stand taking pictures and is very uncomfortable taking multiple pictures. She made him feel such at ease that he Shockingly didn't complain once through the engagement pictures and only once (at the very end) of our wedding day portraits. I couldn't believe it! I'm forever grateful to her for making him feel so comfortable that we ended up with so many amazing photos. Working with Melissa is so easy it takes so much stress away. Plus you don't have to worry about getting sub-par photos, quality guaranteed! I will most definitely be using her for future photos and highly recommend her.
Absolutely LOVE Melissa!!! She was very professional and made everything run smoothly. She took our engagement pictures as Read more...
Absolutely LOVE Melissa!!! She was very professional and made everything run smoothly. She took our engagement pictures as well as our Wedding day pictures. She has great ideas and also includes your ideas too. One of the biggest things I loved about her is how comfortable she makes you feel while taking pictures. My husband can't stand taking pictures and is very uncomfortable taking multiple pictures. She made him feel such at ease that he Shockingly didn't complain once through the engagement pictures and only once (at the very end) of our wedding day portraits. I couldn't believe it! I'm forever grateful to her for making him feel so comfortable that we ended up with so many amazing photos. Working with Melissa is so easy it takes so much stress away. Plus you don't have to worry about getting sub-par photos, quality guaranteed! I will most definitely be using her for future photos and highly recommend her. Read less
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Kristen
Wedding:
8/13/2016
5.0/5.0
Melissa Marie Photography was hands-down the best decision we made out of our entire wedding planning experience. Right from the beginning, Melissa was so sincere in trying to understand our vision in its entirety so that she could capture this chapter of our lives exactly how we imagined. Melissa took this vision and created photos that went so far above and beyond what we could have ever hoped for or dreamed of ourselves. Even our engagement photos, which were taken in the middle of a rainstorm despite Melissa offering to reschedule, were the dreamiest pictures that felt like they belonged in a magazine. Fast forward to our wedding day where Melissa went above and beyond just your typical photographer. From the second she walked into the room, she was half-therapist, half-photographer, as she made sure I was completely calm and felt at ease so I could enjoy the best day of my life. There were also plenty of times throughout the day that Melissa made sure we were staying on track and where we needed to be at the right time, and really stepped up into a wedding coordinator role at times. The photos that Melissa took of our wedding day were absolutely breathtaking. As my husband and I went through them together, we were completely speechless. Melissa took photos that have the ability to put us right back into that moment of our wedding day, and with a level of beauty that we could not believe. There is not a single photo that we were disappointed with and now have the most precious wedding gift and keepsake that we could have ever asked for. If you are looking for a photographer who goes above and beyond to make sure your wedding day is perfect, both through photos and through anything else you need to make your day special, Melissa Maria Photography is a no-brainer.
Melissa Marie Photography was hands-down the best decision we made out of our entire wedding planning experience. Right Read more...
Melissa Marie Photography was hands-down the best decision we made out of our entire wedding planning experience. Right from the beginning, Melissa was so sincere in trying to understand our vision in its entirety so that she could capture this chapter of our lives exactly how we imagined. Melissa took this vision and created photos that went so far above and beyond what we could have ever hoped for or dreamed of ourselves. Even our engagement photos, which were taken in the middle of a rainstorm despite Melissa offering to reschedule, were the dreamiest pictures that felt like they belonged in a magazine. Fast forward to our wedding day where Melissa went above and beyond just your typical photographer. From the second she walked into the room, she was half-therapist, half-photographer, as she made sure I was completely calm and felt at ease so I could enjoy the best day of my life. There were also plenty of times throughout the day that Melissa made sure we were staying on track and where we needed to be at the right time, and really stepped up into a wedding coordinator role at times. The photos that Melissa took of our wedding day were absolutely breathtaking. As my husband and I went through them together, we were completely speechless. Melissa took photos that have the ability to put us right back into that moment of our wedding day, and with a level of beauty that we could not believe. There is not a single photo that we were disappointed with and now have the most precious wedding gift and keepsake that we could have ever asked for. If you are looking for a photographer who goes above and beyond to make sure your wedding day is perfect, both through photos and through anything else you need to make your day special, Melissa Maria Photography is a no-brainer. Read less
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Kathleen
Wedding:
10/17/2015
5.0/5.0
Melissa is THE BEST. When I was looking for a photographer I knew that I wanted someone who understood how important the pictures that I will keep forever were to me. I made a list of about 45 photographers in the Chicagoland area, from there spoke with just under 20. I met three in person and easily decided Melissa was the best there was. Every single picture she took was creative/original and there was the perfect mix of candid shots and posed shots. We had "Design sessions" prior to both the engagement photos and the wedding so that she could understand what I was hoping to capture. She did an amazing job. The day of your wedding the last thing you want to worry about was getting enough or the right pictures. Melissa took care of everything. The girl stayed throughout the night and was holding my drink/fixing my dress more than my MOH or bridesmaids! Shes incredible.
Melissa is THE BEST. When I was looking for a photographer I knew that I wanted someone who understood how important the Read more...
Melissa is THE BEST. When I was looking for a photographer I knew that I wanted someone who understood how important the pictures that I will keep forever were to me. I made a list of about 45 photographers in the Chicagoland area, from there spoke with just under 20. I met three in person and easily decided Melissa was the best there was. Every single picture she took was creative/original and there was the perfect mix of candid shots and posed shots. We had "Design sessions" prior to both the engagement photos and the wedding so that she could understand what I was hoping to capture. She did an amazing job. The day of your wedding the last thing you want to worry about was getting enough or the right pictures. Melissa took care of everything. The girl stayed throughout the night and was holding my drink/fixing my dress more than my MOH or bridesmaids! Shes incredible. Read less
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Christy
Wedding:
9/12/2015
5.0/5.0
Wow. There are pretty much no words for how much I love Melissa. Her photos actually inspired me to choose the venue I ended up with - I saw what she had done with another wedding there and I immediately fell in love. Once I booked the venue, I was overjoyed to find out that Melissa was still free for my wedding day. Her pictures have such a romantic, intimate feeling to them and, especially after I spoke with her on the phone, I couldn't imagine anyone else shooting our wedding.
Our package included an engagement shoot so that we could all get to know each other. I love that this is something Melissa includes in her packages. Not only did we get some BEAUTIFUL engagement photos out of it, we both felt so comfortable with Melissa after hanging out with her for the day. She has a way of making everyone relaxed and comfortable in front of the camera. After that, I knew the wedding day would be a breeze.
And it was! She was like a sixth bridesmaid! She went out of her way to make the day perfect and was helpful in more ways than I could have imagined. She even stayed late to make sure that we got all the pictures we wanted! Literally everyone loved her - even the groomsmen were raving about how great she was!
And, oh my God, we just got our pictures yesterday. They are stunning. Stunning doesn't even begin to cover it. She works on every single image and, wow, you can totally tell. I am in love with all of them. I can't wait to hang them all over our house!
If you are looking for a wedding photographer, GO WITH MELISSA! You will not regret it - she is the absolute best!
Wow. There are pretty much no words for how much I love Melissa. Her photos actually inspired me to choose the venue I Read more...
Wow. There are pretty much no words for how much I love Melissa. Her photos actually inspired me to choose the venue I ended up with - I saw what she had done with another wedding there and I immediately fell in love. Once I booked the venue, I was overjoyed to find out that Melissa was still free for my wedding day. Her pictures have such a romantic, intimate feeling to them and, especially after I spoke with her on the phone, I couldn't imagine anyone else shooting our wedding.
Our package included an engagement shoot so that we could all get to know each other. I love that this is something Melissa includes in her packages. Not only did we get some BEAUTIFUL engagement photos out of it, we both felt so comfortable with Melissa after hanging out with her for the day. She has a way of making everyone relaxed and comfortable in front of the camera. After that, I knew the wedding day would be a breeze.
And it was! She was like a sixth bridesmaid! She went out of her way to make the day perfect and was helpful in more ways than I could have imagined. She even stayed late to make sure that we got all the pictures we wanted! Literally everyone loved her - even the groomsmen were raving about how great she was!
And, oh my God, we just got our pictures yesterday. They are stunning. Stunning doesn't even begin to cover it. She works on every single image and, wow, you can totally tell. I am in love with all of them. I can't wait to hang them all over our house!
If you are looking for a wedding photographer, GO WITH MELISSA! You will not regret it - she is the absolute best! Read less
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Emily
Wedding:
9/6/2015
5.0/5.0
Melissa took photos for my engagement and wedding and did an amazing job. She takes the time to get to know you in ways other photographers do not, and she strives to see your vision for the photos she will take. She is driven, kind, and extremely talented at what she does. She is incredibly helpful with anything that may need to get done the day of the wedding, and was protective of my husband and I's precious time together. On top of all of that, we will cherish the photos she took for our whole lives. We absolutely LOVE them and we love Melissa, too!
Melissa took photos for my engagement and wedding and did an amazing job. She takes the time to get to know you in ways Read more...
Melissa took photos for my engagement and wedding and did an amazing job. She takes the time to get to know you in ways other photographers do not, and she strives to see your vision for the photos she will take. She is driven, kind, and extremely talented at what she does. She is incredibly helpful with anything that may need to get done the day of the wedding, and was protective of my husband and I's precious time together. On top of all of that, we will cherish the photos she took for our whole lives. We absolutely LOVE them and we love Melissa, too! Read less
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Erica
Wedding:
8/22/2015
5.0/5.0
I cannot find the words to say how incredible our experience with Melissa was for our wedding. From the beginning, she was so supportive. She would send us e-mails with general information about wedding planning, to help us in the overwhelming process. She was very helpful and flexible in planning our Engagement photography session, and during our entire wedding day. She had an amazing rapport with our venue - there was a point when we were taking pictures with our bridal party prior to the start of the reception where I realized that we were running late, quickly approaching the time we were supposed to begin the reception. Melissa had anticipated this before I even realized we were late and had already worked with the venue to adjust the timing of the events. She worked in such an amazing, cheerful, and understanding manner with my very large, loud family and bridal party. She had profound patience while working with the crowds and the children in the group. And in the end, we were speechless in seeing the beauty and love that she captured throughout our wedding day. Her photos were beyond beautiful! We would absolutely recommend her - we had such a wonderful experience with her as our wedding photographer!!
I cannot find the words to say how incredible our experience with Melissa was for our wedding. From the beginning, she was Read more...
I cannot find the words to say how incredible our experience with Melissa was for our wedding. From the beginning, she was so supportive. She would send us e-mails with general information about wedding planning, to help us in the overwhelming process. She was very helpful and flexible in planning our Engagement photography session, and during our entire wedding day. She had an amazing rapport with our venue - there was a point when we were taking pictures with our bridal party prior to the start of the reception where I realized that we were running late, quickly approaching the time we were supposed to begin the reception. Melissa had anticipated this before I even realized we were late and had already worked with the venue to adjust the timing of the events. She worked in such an amazing, cheerful, and understanding manner with my very large, loud family and bridal party. She had profound patience while working with the crowds and the children in the group. And in the end, we were speechless in seeing the beauty and love that she captured throughout our wedding day. Her photos were beyond beautiful! We would absolutely recommend her - we had such a wonderful experience with her as our wedding photographer!! Read less
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Felicia
Wedding:
7/17/2015
5.0/5.0
Where do I begin?? From amazing engagement photos, to capturing the most awesome moments at my bridal shower, to THE MOST BEAUTIFUL wedding photos I have ever seen! Nicee from Melissa Marie is sweet, professional and so amazingly talented! I'm so grateful to have these photos to remember the best days of my life. I will hire her for my future family photos as well!! I just can't thank her enough.
Where do I begin?? From amazing engagement photos, to capturing the most awesome moments at my bridal shower, to THE MOST Read more...
Where do I begin?? From amazing engagement photos, to capturing the most awesome moments at my bridal shower, to THE MOST BEAUTIFUL wedding photos I have ever seen! Nicee from Melissa Marie is sweet, professional and so amazingly talented! I'm so grateful to have these photos to remember the best days of my life. I will hire her for my future family photos as well!! I just can't thank her enough. Read less
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Laura
Wedding:
6/13/2015
5.0/5.0
Melissa is amazing at what she does! The quality of the pictures of my wedding were outstanding! Many friends and family commented on how beautiful they were. Plus, Melissa is amazing. She is such a kind person and does a great job blending into the day and being there to catch the moments and offering a kind smile and being supportive through out the day! I would highly recommend her for any of your photography needs, not just wedding. She has done my friends children's pictures and they are wonderful as well.
Melissa is amazing at what she does! The quality of the pictures of my wedding were outstanding! Many friends and family Read more...
Melissa is amazing at what she does! The quality of the pictures of my wedding were outstanding! Many friends and family commented on how beautiful they were. Plus, Melissa is amazing. She is such a kind person and does a great job blending into the day and being there to catch the moments and offering a kind smile and being supportive through out the day! I would highly recommend her for any of your photography needs, not just wedding. She has done my friends children's pictures and they are wonderful as well. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Melissa Marie Photography is ABSOLUTELY amazing! I would highly recommend her to everyone! She is kind, sweet, thoughtful, and attentive to your needs! She is wonderful at what she does and captures great pictures! We did both our engagement and wedding pictures with her upon a friend's recommendation and quite frankly I think it was the easiest and best decision of my wedding. She is professional but fun! She even took bobby pins out of her own hair and put them in mine when I had a few stray hairs! She was wonderful at helping me to remember to take a deep breath and enjoy the moment. I will forever have these amazing photos from an amazing person and photographer. I couldn't have been happier with the services. Nicee, her co-photographer was also super kind and did great job capturing my groom's day!!!!! I think she should get extra credit for putting up with him and his groomsman:)
Melissa Marie Photography is ABSOLUTELY amazing! I would highly recommend her to everyone! She is kind, sweet, thoughtful, Read more...
Melissa Marie Photography is ABSOLUTELY amazing! I would highly recommend her to everyone! She is kind, sweet, thoughtful, and attentive to your needs! She is wonderful at what she does and captures great pictures! We did both our engagement and wedding pictures with her upon a friend's recommendation and quite frankly I think it was the easiest and best decision of my wedding. She is professional but fun! She even took bobby pins out of her own hair and put them in mine when I had a few stray hairs! She was wonderful at helping me to remember to take a deep breath and enjoy the moment. I will forever have these amazing photos from an amazing person and photographer. I couldn't have been happier with the services. Nicee, her co-photographer was also super kind and did great job capturing my groom's day!!!!! I think she should get extra credit for putting up with him and his groomsman:) Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Absolutely amazing service! Missy took our engagement pictures and photographed our wedding. Having Missy there was a blessing because not only did she capture all of the special moments of our day including the raw emotion that we were feeling, but she provided support and helped make sure our day went as smooth as it possibly could! I could not have asked for a better photographer and I could not be happier with how our wedding photos turned out.
Absolutely amazing service! Missy took our engagement pictures and photographed our wedding. Having Missy there was a Read more...
Absolutely amazing service! Missy took our engagement pictures and photographed our wedding. Having Missy there was a blessing because not only did she capture all of the special moments of our day including the raw emotion that we were feeling, but she provided support and helped make sure our day went as smooth as it possibly could! I could not have asked for a better photographer and I could not be happier with how our wedding photos turned out. Read less
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